Who do you work with?:
Our members are all female sex workers but we work with female, male and transgender sex workers. Our clients, third parties, families, partners, children and friends in harm reduction advocacy helping increase the quality of their lives.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?:
Our organisation is led by 100% sex workers. We recently recruited a Secretariat/Network Co-Ordinator who is not a sex worker. She does not have voting rights and is not involved in any decision making processes within our network.
Which of NSWP priority areas does your organisation work on?:
Oppose the criminalisation and other legal oppression of sex work and support its recognition as work
Critique the trafficking paradigm that conflates representations of sex work, migration, and mobility
Advocate for universal access to health services, including primary health care, HIV and sexual and reproductive health services
Speak out about violence against sex workers, including violence from police, institutions, clients, and intimate partners, while challenging the myth that sex work is inherently gender-based violence
Oppose human rights abuses, including coercive programming, mandatory testing, raids and forced rehabilitation
Challenge stigma and discrimination against sex workers, their families and partners, and others involved in sex work
Advocate for the economic empowerment and social inclusion of sex workers as sex workers
What are the two main challenges that the sex workers you work with face:
The two main challenges that Vietnamese sex workers face are: 1. Stigma/Discrimination against sex workers that prevent them from accessing basic rights and public services (including healthcare) and..... 2. Violence against sex workers.
Describe other areas of your work:
Harm reduction advocacy; HIV/AIDS prevention advocacy; HIV/AIDS testing and consultancy support; legal consultation; harm reduction intervention.